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  •   Home > News > Maori

    An esteemed kaumatua and Te Reo pioneer has died

    An esteemed kaumatua and Te Reo pioneer has died


    Dr Huirangi Waikerepuru was 91.

    Waikerepuru - who was of Taranaki and Ngapuhi descent - dedicated his life to trying to preserve the Maori language.

    He was involved in the Waitangi Tribunal claim that led to Te Reo Maori becoming an official language - and was a driving force behind developing Maori TV and the Iwi Radio Network.

    Waikerepuru was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Maori in 2014.

    © 2020 Newstalk ZB, NZCity


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